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Palazzo Steri - Chiaramonte - Carcere dei penitenziati

Piazza Marina 61, 90133, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
+39 091 607 5306
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Piazza Marina 61, 90133, Palermo, Sicily, Italy
+39 091 607 5306

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Reviewed 8 July 2017

A young lady with a background in art/ history had us toured around in a group of 8ppl. (in proficient english). She was clearly wholehearted about the subject and would answer any raised question. The most interesting part seemed the visit of the prison cells...More

Thank Reto E
Reviewed 19 June 2017

For 400 years the Spanish ruled Sicily, and the Inquisition was as active here as in Spain. The cells here have preserved drawings and words--in many languages--of the prisoners of the Inquisition. It's a must see.

Thank AriC174
Reviewed 12 June 2017

The Chiaramonte Steri Palace built in the 1300s is definitely gigantic and impressive. Originally the official residence of the Count of Modica, Mandredi Chiaramonte. Since that time, the palace has passed from hand to hand. Once the residence of the Spanish Viceroy, a customs office,...More

Thank Nicola B
Reviewed 24 May 2017 via mobile

This is a "must see" location in Palermo. I don't think it gets so much publicity and I can't understand why not. It is the old prison which was built specifically to house prisoners of the inquisition from early 1600s for 300 years! you get...More

Thank Donnaimmobile
Reviewed 9 May 2017 via mobile

For all the evident renovation and effort here one is left decidedly underwhelmed here. The Church's inquisition was an important suppressive and oppressive event in European history but here, other than a few sanitized cells with remnants of pleas and scrawls left by some of...More

Thank Stoic_Warrior
Reviewed 11 April 2017

The history of the palazzo is long and varied; principally it's known now as the headquarters of the Inquisition, and the place where people were locked up, tortured and in many cases, condemned to death by burning. The traces and drawings they left behind them...More

Thank lawdylawdy
Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

We visited the jail today and the guide Roberta gave us an amazing tour! The place is full of history and Roberta is incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about her job! The experience was amazing and it's definitely a place worth a visit when in Palermo!

Thank Sury F
Reviewed 25 March 2017

Was great learning from Olga the whole history of the building outside from 1300's built by the Chiaramonte's over an Arabic Ceramic factory site and transitioning from French to Spanish and the extremely cruel Spanish Inquistion in the 1680's through the 1800's...It was ethnic cleansing...More

Thank bkl3nlz
Reviewed 16 March 2017

Fascinating museum which explores the Spanish inquisition in Palermo. Former cells have been restored to reveal graffiti and artwork left by former prisoners. Visit is by guided tour only and when we visited it was pretty quiet. We were in a small tour party (less...More

Thank jgalwaysonholiday
Reviewed 10 March 2017

This is one of the most unique places in Palermo. It is actually the central building of the University, though in older times was the Tribunal of the Inquisition and a prison. You can see in the walls the remains ofthe drawings of the prisoners....More

Thank gkalog
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no, this palace is not for sensitive kids!
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